Hay Fever :: Zyrtec for nonprescription use in adults and children

Different formulations of the nonprescription drug Zyrtec (cetirizine HCl) is approved for the temporary relief of symptoms due to hay fever or other respiratory allergies (sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; itchy throat or nose) in adults and children 2 years of age and older.

Allergy :: Halloween tips to an allergy free Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and millions of children are preparing to sport their ghost and vampire costumes for school parties and a night of trick-or-treating. However, for children who suffer from severe food allergies, Halloween is a time where extra precaution must be taken.

Endoscopy :: Patients may have sweet and effective way to prepare for upper GI endoscopy – an anesthetic lollipop

Researchers at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Lebanon have found that administering a lidocaine lollipop as a single-agent anesthetic to patients undergoing an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure eliminated the need for sedation in the majority of patients. The research appears in the October issue of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Allergy :: Allergies on the rise in Australia

Allergic conditions are on the rise in westernised countries and recent investigations have found that hospitalisations for anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction often involving more than one body system), urticaria (hives), and angioedema (allergic swelling of the face, lips and tongue) have been increasing since 1990.

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